The Circle's most dramatic blocking yet sees James brand Manrika a "coward"

Stephanie Chase
·3-min read
Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

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Tonight's episode of The Circle (March 31) saw a huge blocking and an even bigger reveal for one contestant.

On last night's episode, Andy and Manrika were chosen as the Circle's latest influencers and had to pick one player to block.

After debating who deserved to go, the pair set on Gemma, who is actually James, who is actually former Gladiator Hunter.

Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

Andy already knew Gemma was a catfish, after James revealed his secret to him a few days ago. And during their debate, Manrika revealed her doubts about Gemma, causing Andy to tell her he felt the same.

When the decision was revealed, the reaction from fellow players was a mixture of shock and relief, while James said he felt he played the game as well as he could.

But things got even more dramatic minutes later when James chose Manrika as the player to visit after his blocking.

As soon as James walked into the room, Manrika exclaimed: "I f**king knew it," before adding: "Tell me you're a nurse."

Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

James admitted he was not in fact a nurse and said he wanted to take the opportunity to play as someone else.

However, things took a heated turn when Manrika confessed she was the one who drew the picture saying Gemma was a snake.

An angry James then told her she could have owned up to it rather than "being a coward". But Manrika defended herself, saying she didn't come clean because it's a game and you've got to lie.

James then told her, "There's a line and you crossed it," adding that she needed to "grow up" before leaving.

Of course, viewers on Twitter absolutely loved the awkward meeting between the two which brought some much-needed drama to the series.

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With James gone, Manrika said that portraying a nurse was "vile" and added: "F**king fit as well but he's a prick."

The next day, Gemma's true identity was revealed to all the players via a video message, leaving the others completely shocked.

But in the group chat, Femi said: "I did not expect to see a Gladiator this morning," which raised suspicions from Syed who began to wonder if they showed Gladiators in Nigeria.

Later, Syed, who is really the much younger Hashu, raised his doubts about Femi with Dorothy, who is really the much younger Scott.

We'll have to wait and see how long Femi can keep up his act when he becomes eligible to be rated by his fellow players next time.

The Circle continues on Thursday night (April 1) at 10pm on Channel 4 and All 4.

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